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Hotel Association of New York City and
Union Reach Tentative Agreement
Six-year contract Provides Wage Increases of 4% in Each of the
First Three Years and 3.5% in Each of the Last Three Years
NEW YORK, June 20, 2006 - The Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) and the New York Hotel Trades Council have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract. The agreement was ratified today by the Board of Directors of the Hotel Association and will be voted on by the Union's membership on Thursday, June 22. The membership is expected to overwhelmingly ratify the deal.

The six-year contract will take effect on July 1, 2006 and will expire on June 30, 2012. The contract will provide wage increases of 4% in each of the first three years and 3.5% in each of the last three years. The Association will increase contributions to the pension fund by 2% of payroll, effective July 1, 2006. Family medical benefits will be maintained throughout the life of the contract, with no premium-sharing or co-pays by Hotel Trades Council members. Union hotel workers will also receive an added sick day and additional vacation time.

"We are very pleased to have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the Hotel Trades Council. Both sides worked long and hard to negotiate a fair and balanced contract that continues to recognize the hard work and dedication of the New York City hotel employees," Joseph E. Spinnato, President and CEO of the HANYC said. "Our employees are the best in the business and this new contract will continue to provide them with excellent wages and benefits. This agreement reflects the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect that exists between the Association and the Hotel Trades Council. I especially want to thank Peter Ward for his leadership throughout the process."

"The Hotel Association bargained with us in good faith throughout negotiations and through some very difficult issues," Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward said. "We are very pleased with this agreement and I extend my personal appreciation to Hotel Association President Joseph E. Spinnato and the other hotel industry negotiators for their hard work, especially during the round-the-clock negotiations that took place over four days last week. This is a good agreement for our members and for the hotels and it will allow six years of productivity and labor peace in the New York City hotel industry."

The new contract covers more than 100 New York City hotels.

About the Hotel Association of New York City: Established in 1878, the Hotel Association of NYC is one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. Its membership includes more than 200 of the finest hotels in New York City, representing more than 65,900 rooms and 30,000 employees. It is an internationally recognized leader in New York City's $5 billion tourism industry.


 The Hotel Association of New York City

Also See: The Hotel Association of New York City Begins Negotiations with the Hotel Trades Council On a New Labor Contract for Hotel Employees / April 2006
UNITE HERE President John Wilhelm Hints at Nationwide Hotel Workers Strike; Labor Contracts at 200 Hotels in Six Cities Expiring this Year / January 2006

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